Farm Blog

Harvesting test plots today at DMACC Farm

Posted October 22, 2018

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Tonisity Donation

Posted October 12, 2018

​Thank you to Tonisity for donating 15 Landrace replacement gilts to the DMACC Farm.

https://www.tonisity.com

 

Agronomy Lab

Posted October 12, 2018
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Agronomy labs at the farm discuss the mechanics of the row crop planter and demonstrate how to properly pack wheel bearings.

DMACC Agribusiness Career Fair

Posted October 1, 2018
Students and DMACC staff at tables talking

Companies interact with students conversing about important topics during interviews and the interview process at the DMACC Agribusiness Career Fair.

Thank you!

Posted August 20, 2018

​To: Governor’s Charity Steer Show Sponsors, Exhibitors and Celebrities,

Thank you for working alongside Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council staff in partnership with Governor Kim Reynolds for the 36th Annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show. Through the collective efforts of everyone involved, we worked together to promote Iowa’s Beef Industry and raise more than $294,000 dollars of donations for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.

The auction cumulative total, over $294,000, and the high selling steer, $64,504, were both new records for the event. None of this would be possible without your diligence and commitment to spreading the message of the Governor’s Charity Steer Show and how our efforts positively impact the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. By choosing to support this cause, we are all paying it forward. We should all be proud of this great accomplishment, thank you!

Click here for a press release that recognizes each sponsor, celebrity, steer name, steer owner and auction supporters. Each sponsor and buyer will receive a backdrop photo in the mail and we have candid shots posted on ICA’s Flickr account. We have sent the press release to our list of media contacts. If there is a media outlet in your area that you would like to notify, we encourage you to contact them individually.

 Thank you again for a great 2018 Governor’s Charity Steer Show!

It's fair time!

Posted August 13, 2018

​DMACC President Rob Denson and the agribusiness program compete at the 2018 Governors Charity Steer Show and Auction at the Iowa State Fair. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.

2018 Governors Charity Steer Show and Auction at the Iowa State Fair 


 

Beautiful Day at Ankeny Campus

Posted July 11, 2018

hay bales at Ankeny Campus

Carter rides off into the sunset as he finishes planting soybeans.

Posted May 18, 2018

​Looking forward to another growing season and another crop of students out at the DMACC farm.

Carter rides off into the sunset 

Rain Delay

Posted May 14, 2018

​Utilizing the rain delay to back up planting data in the tractor monitor and import it to software for data collection and analysis.

tractor monitor 

Soil Conservation Practices

Posted May 10, 2018

​Dmacc students experience first hand soil conservation practices such as no-till and minimum tillage planting.​

 

Finishing up Corn Planting

Posted May 1, 2018

Farm intern, Carter Broderson, finishing up 2018 corn planting

 

DMACC Farm interns work to switch hybrid varieties

Posted April 26, 2018

DMACC Farm interns

DMACC Farm interns work along side industry professionals to switch hybrid varieties in the planter. Plot trials like these help provide valuable yield data to seed companies and assist farmers making educated decisions when choosing hybrids to grow.

Ready To Go!

Posted April 23, 2018

ready to go!

The planter bar is greased, the electronics are set, GPS configured,  and ready to go! Thanks for the assistance Elizabeth

Big Show Corn Cam Plot

Posted April 23, 2018

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Seeding Hay

Posted April 16, 2018

​Seeding hay while the sun shines.....well sort of! Thanks to DMACC Farm vendor Cross Roads Ag for the seed and roller seeder.

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A safe and friendly reminder to all drivers.

Posted April 13, 2018

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Slow down, stay alert, and pass only when it's safe to do so.

It's that time of year again in Iowa as the weather improves and farmers anxiously anticipate yet another growing season. Their livelihood and the lives of others depend on it.

Some good rules to "live" by:

Put the cell phone away - It can wait

Allow for extra travel time if possible in case you encounter a delay

Slow down to the approximate speed of the farm implement before passing

Make the assumption that farmers cannot see you behind their implements

Keep in mind bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts  are also out enjoying the weather

What's for dinner? Pork or Beef?

Posted March 22, 2018

The DMACC Farm truck is hooked up and ready for spring locker appointments! ​

Additional details can be found here: https://dmacc.edu/programs/ag/farm/Pages/sales.aspx


 

DMACC Farm truck is hooked up

DMACC Agribusiness Students Compete at State PAS Feb. 7, Several Qualify for National PAS Competition in Louisville Week of March 12

Posted March 6, 2018

The National PAS Organization is one of 13 Career & Technical Student Organizations recognized by the National Department of Education. Now in its 39th year. 

http://www.nationalpas.org/

Congratulations to all who participated and good luck at Nationals! 


Team Events:

  

College Bowl:
3rd Overall

 Nick Duckett, Emily Zahurones, Ashlynn Lingle, Mikala Mash & Jacob Githens

 

Also advancing to Nationals Team 2

Tim Murray, Colin Carlson, Ayna Clasen, Chloe McCollough & Mason Harestad

 

 Livestock Specialists:

3rd Place Beef Specialist Team (advancing to Nationals)

First Place Individual: Ashlynn Lingle

Other team members: Nick Duckett & Nick McQuilken

 

1st Place Overall Livestock Specialist Team (advancing to Nationals)

First Place Individual: Colt Churchill

  Second Place Individual: Whitne Wessel

Other team member: Mason Harestad

 

Also advancing to Nationals Team 2

 Lane Reifschneider, Matt Rinner & Matthew Mallinson

 

2nd  Place Swine Specialist Team (advancing to Nationals)

Second Place Individual: Jacob Githens

 Other team members: Mikala Mash & Josh Rowe

 

Sheep Specialist advancing to nationals:

  Colin Carlson, Kelsi Carlson & Ayna Clasen

 

Equine Specialists (advancing to nationals)

Rachel Nordhoff, Paige Reiter, and Madyson Kruse

 

Soil Specialists:
3rd Place Team (advancing to Nationals)

 Emily Zahurones, Tim Murray & Aaron Johannsen

 

 

Individual Events:

Career Progress: Agricultural Education Systems:

1st Place: Emily Zahurones

 

Employment Interview:Agriculture Equipment Service:

3rd Place: Matt Rinner

 

Impromptu Speaking:

 1st Place: Ashlynn Lingle

 3rd Place: Emily Zahurones

 

Students representing  DMACC as state officer candidates and delegates.


Aaron Johannsen - Financial delegate

Emily Zahurones - State officer nominating committee.

Ashlynn Lingle - 2018 State PAS President

Lakaya Lyon - Serves as one of the three State Vice Presidents.

Tim Murray- Retired as a 2017-18 Iowa PAS Officer

 

Former DMACC Agribusiness Program Chair and National PAS Executive Director, Craig McEnany, was recognized for his years of tireless support and contributions to the organization.

 

Thanks to Country Custom Design!

Posted February 14, 2018

​​DMACC Caps

Thanks to Country Custom Design out of Rippey, IA for making caps and stocking hats! They look great and can be purchased in room 233 of the FFA Enrichment Center (DMACC Ankeny Campus) or contact twlautner@dmacc.edu at the farm in Adel.

Precision Planting Winter Conference

Posted January 19, 2018

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DMACC farm intern learning about the latest technology available to make data driven decisions at Precision Planting Winter Conference in Lincoln, NE

Joe Kraber (DMACC Agribusiness class of 2014) with Jorden Ag

Posted January 10, 2018

Thanks for stopping by the farm yesterday, Joe .We love it when former students drop in and share their success stories!

Jorden Ag

Fresh Bedding Before the Cold

Posted January 2, 2018

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Hogs play in the fresh bedding at the DMACC Farm as student workers bed with corn stalks ahead of the cold.

Processing Piglets

Posted December 5, 2017

Typical lab setting in the summer and fall of the year......Agribusiness students gain hands on experience vaccinating litters born on the farm

piglet processing at DMACC farm

Rye Cover Crop

Posted October 31, 2017

​Continuing to see the benefits of the rye cover crop at the DMACC farm.
- Fall 2016 winter cover crop planted (rye)
- Spring 2017 harvested as cattle forage (ryelage)
- Late Spring 2017 No-till soybeans into rye stubble
- Fall 2017 soybeans experienced slight yield increase compared to adjacent acres without cover crop
- Winter 2017 rye stubble remains in tact further protecting soil from erosion for a second winter
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DMACC Competition Corn Plot Harvest

Posted October 31, 2017

​Thanks to the following for helping harvest the DMACC competition corn plot Tanner Reimer (DMACC student), Travis Miller (Agrigold), Doug Pooch (Wyffels), Troy Rosenmeyer (Hoegemeyer), Charlie Lenz (Wyffels), Larry Van Wyke (Champion)

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Harvesting Crop

Posted October 17, 2017

Student workers bringing in the corn crop at DMACC Dallas County Farm.

 

Moisture Samples

Posted October 17, 2017

Students helping Wyffels DSM take moisture samples and calculate yield on corn test plots at the DMACC Farm

​​Students helping Wyffels DSM

WHO Plot

Posted October 16, 2017

Harvest day at the WHO Radio Corn Cam plot hosted by the DMACC Farm.

Shot out the window of a tractor showing harvest in field
 

Making hay

Posted September 20, 2017

​Making hay while the sun shines on the DMACC farm.

 

 

Preparing feed for the herd

Posted September 20, 2017

​A DMACC student worker drives on the corn silage pile after chopping to force out the oxygen and start the ensiling process. The pile will serve as the main feed source for the cow herd through the non-grazing months.

 

Covering the corn silage

Posted September 20, 2017

Trying out an alternative to plastic for covering the corn silage pile this year: syrup from the ethanol plant. Should not only help seal the pile, but also provide some feed value. ​

 

Thank you Iowa Cover Crop & Cross Roads Ag

Posted September 7, 2017

DMACC Agribusiness would like to thank Iowa Cover Crop for donating the rye that will be used as a winter cover crop at the Dallas County Farm. We would also like to thank Cross Roads Ag for the use of the roller seeder.

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2017 Governor's Charity Steer Show

Posted August 22, 2017

DMACC Agribusiness extends a very special thank you to Alyssa Rhum and DMACC President Rob Denson for participating in the 2017 GCSS at ISF. Also thanking the Auxier and Leer Family Farms for raising the steer and their assistance in fund raising for the charity event. The calf placed among the top 7 in the show and sold for $23,000 (second highest selling for 2017 steers). 2017 GCSS yielded over $274,000 for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa and to date has raised over $3 million.

Photo of cattle owner and DMACC staff behind calf.


Getting Ready for Governor's Charity Steer Show

Posted August 11, 2017

​DMACC Agribusiness and crew getting ready for GCSS Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Iowa State Fair!

2017 Governor's Charity Steer Show Banner
 

Fall litters are starting to arrive

Posted August 8, 2017
 


 


Polk County Fair 4-H show

Posted July 31, 2017

Congratulations to Mary Faidley on her class winner at the Polk County Fair 4-H show.

 

Mary Faidley with her barrow at the Polk County Fair 

Her barrow weighed 244 lbs and placed 17th out of 91 in the derby hog production division with an 8 inch loin eye and 1.9 ADG.  Her barrow was purchased from the DMACC herd.


Other exhibitors that did well with DMACC hogs and cattle this summer include:

Hogs 

Reserve Lightweight Pen - Besaw Family from Dickinson County

2nd in class and 14th in rate of gain - Forgey Family from Madison County

Cattle

Reserve Angus Heifer - Hall Family Mahaska County

3rd in Class Market Steer- Bailey Family Polk County


Special thanks to all 4-Hers that purchased their projects from the DMACC herd.

Beardown Bound!

Posted July 24, 2017

Make plans to attend July 29th 1pm Story County Fairgrounds.

Watch as area 4-Hers exhibit their county champion livestock from around the region competing for bragging rights and a chance to advance to the All Iowa Showdown for a supreme title in beef, swine, sheep, and goats.

Beardown Facebook page

4-H Show

Posted July 17, 2017

​Best of luck to the Hall family at Mahaska County 4-H show with their Angus heifer and Simmental steer purchased from the DMACC herd.

Photo of Angus heifer 

National Junior Angus Show

Posted July 17, 2017

​DMACC was present at the show, held in Des Moines the week of July 10.

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DMACC Corn Gets Two Thumbs Up

Posted July 12, 2017

​DMACC Farm Coordinator's son gives the corn crop rating two thumbs up at this year's DMACC/WHO Radio corn cam plot located on the Dallas County Farm.

https://www.dmacc.edu/corncam/Pages/welcome.aspx

WHO Radio Measuring Sign in the corn field with farm coordinator's son giving two thumbs up.

YMCA Fathers and Families Cookout

Posted June 26, 2017

​Big thanks to Stephen Miller for taking time to roast one of our hogs for the YMCA Fathers and Family event held at the John R Grubb YMCA Center.

Pig roaster with sign that says Locally Grown pork Raised and Provided by DMACC Agribusiness.
 

Summer Camps Visit the Farm

Posted June 26, 2017

The DMACC Farm welcomed two groups of summer school camps from Des Moines Christian last week. The groups were able to experience the livestock and equipment up close.

Summer camp kids in front of DMACC Farm building

First Annual DMACC BEARdown

Posted June 20, 2017

Please contact Dwayne Faidley for more information.

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Summer classes now in session at the Dallas County Farm!

Posted June 12, 2017

​Arrive to class early to claim a good parking spot!

 

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Chopping Rye 2017

Posted June 6, 2017

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Student interns work to chop and bag the winter cover crop of rye at the Dallas County Farm.

Second set of Twins!

Posted May 9, 2017

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A second set of twins was born this spring!

Newborn Calves

Posted May 9, 2017

Students tending to newborn calves

Students successfully help deliver a set of twin calves as they briskly massage the newborns with bedding to help kick-start their respiratory system.

DMACC Agribusiness alum helping to plant corn test plots out at the farm

Posted May 2, 2017

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​From left: Charlie Lenz  (Wyffels) and Troy Rosenmeyer (Hogemeyer).

Currently, 4 of 10 of the district managers and/or sales force  in the Dallas County region that work with the farm are alumni of the DMACC Agribusiness program.

Spring rush ahead!

Posted April 7, 2017

​Students work to service farm equipment ahead of the spring rush out at the Dallas County Farm.

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Pork and Beef

Posted February 22, 2017

​Hooked up and ready for the next pork and beef locker appointment.

DMACC truck and trailer 

Calving season begins

Posted February 22, 2017

​Calving season is underway at the DMACC Agribusiness Farm!

Cow with newborn calf 

Farm classroom

Posted February 22, 2017

​The classroom located on the Adel farm, seating approx. 30 students.

Classroom shot 

 

Cattlemen's Banquet

Posted January 10, 2017

​DMACC President, Rob Denson, presents to a full house at the Dallas County Cattlemen's banquet in January.

DMACC Rob Denson speaking to crowd 

Chopping Rye

Posted December 1, 2016

​Chopping the winter cover crop of rye. Photo courtesy of Doug Pooch.

Chopping rye with DMACC farm equipment 

Harvest 2016, Part 2

Posted October 1, 2016

DMACC Agribusiness student Jacob Githens finishes up harvesting the soybeans he helped plant earlier in the spring.

 

Wyffels visits

Posted September 2, 2016

​Wyffel representative Charlie Lenz with DMACC student Kobe Fisk as we finish up harvesting the DMACC competition corn plot where Wyffels was the yield winner at an astonishing 279 bushels/acre.

Kobe Fisk and Charlie Lenz pose in front of Wyffels equipment 

Harvest 2016

Posted September 1, 2016

​Harvesting the DMACC soybean test plot. Photo courtesy of Doug Pooch.

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Harvest 2016 Video

Posted September 1, 2016
 

WHO visits the DMACC farm

Posted April 27, 2016
 

2016 Spring on the Farm

Posted April 1, 2016

A DMACC Student mixing up a cattle ration at the DMACC Farm in Dallas County, Iowa

 

Iowa Beef Expo

Posted February 25, 2016

​DMACC Agribusiness alum and current ISU student Coyce Carlson of Stratford, IA getting ready to exhibit a steer at the 2016 Iowa Beef Expo. His steer was purchased from the DMACC Farm.

Coyce Carlson getting his steer ready for the expo. 

Twins!

Posted February 22, 2016

​DMACC Cow 518 had twins.

Cow with twin calves 

Bacon Fest Jr

Posted February 14, 2016

​Thank you to Vet Tech students Courtney, Whitney, and Megan for tending to the DMACC Agribusiness and Vet Tech booth at Bacon Fest Jr held at the Science Center on February 14th. There were well over 1,000 attendees on the day.

Students stand next to Vet Tech booth 

​Swine handling chute donated

Posted February 1, 2016

​Swine handling chute donated to the farm by DMACC Animal Science Instructor, Dwayne Faidley. The chute was restored into working order by DMACC farm intern Cramer Holland and will be used in the swine facility for lab activities such as taking weights and administering vaccines to larger pigs.

Swine shoot 

Harvest 2015, Part 2

Posted October 1, 2015

A DMACC ag student runs the combine during corn harvest.

 

Harvest 2015

Posted September 1, 2015

Chopping corn silage at the DMACC farm.

 

National FFA convention

Posted August 22, 2015

​The DMACC Exhibit at this year's National FFA Convention and Expo  in Louisville, KY. DMACC President Rob Denson, Business-Ag Professors Craig McEnany, Dwayne Faidley, and eight DMACC attended the convention and workshops along with over 60,000 high school and college attendees nationwide.

DMACC truck on convention floor 

2015 Governor's Charity Steer Show Raises $226,686

Posted August 11, 2015
2015 Grand Championis DMACC's "Kibbie 50" 

 

President Denson with Kibbie 50
DMACC President Rob Denson with Kibbie 50

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(left to right) President Denson, Governor Branstad, and Senator Jack Kibbie (steer named after senator Kibbie in honor of the 50th anniversary of community colleges)

Records were broken at the 33rd annual Governor's Charity Steer Show, which raised $222,686 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. This year's event featured the second-highest selling auction, including the highest selling steer to date at $31,000. The money raised will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Des Moines, Iowa City, and Sioux City. All of the houses are located near hospitals and provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction, hosted by Governor Terry Branstad on August 15, 2015 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair.

Since its inception in 1983, the Governor's Charity Steer Show has raised over $2.7 million for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. The event included 25 steers, the Iowa youth that raised them, and celebrity showpersons, including Governor Terry Branstad, who competed for the title of “Judge's Choice.”

The official steer show judges for this year's show were Beth Doran, ISU Extension & Outreach Beef Field Specialist of Sioux Center and Gene Doran, cattle breeder from Beaver. The judges selected the steer “Kibbie50,” shown by Dr. Rob Denson, President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) for overall grand champion honors. The steer was named in honor of DMACC's 50th anniversary and Senator Jack Kibbie, who wrote the legislation to establish community colleges. DMACC sponsored the steer raised by Dan Eslick of Dayton. James Oil Company, Eslick Family Farms, DMACC and DMACC Agribusinesses purchased the steer at the auction for $31,000, setting a new all-time record for an individual steer during the Governor's Charity Steer Show Auction. This year's new individual steer record surpassed the previously 2012 record held by Linda Juckette, who purchased the steer sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association in memory of Mark Pearson for $29,500.

The steer shown by Dr. Steven Leath, President of Iowa State University, was selected by the crowd for the title of “People's Choice.” The steer, “Big Mac,” was sponsored by the McDonald's Restaurants of Mid-Iowa and purchased by Curran Cattle Co. for $5,250. Ty Schneider of Lacona raised the steer.

United States Senator Joni Ernst earned the Showmanship Award from Brad Hook, who served as the event's Showmanship Judge. Ernst's steer, “Elvis,” was sponsored by the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association. The steer was raised by Jarrett Orman of Bouton and purchased by Iowa Hereford Breeders Association and Mogler Farms for $6,000.

Emcees for the show were farm broadcaster Bob Quinn, WHO Radio, and Michelle Rook, WNAX Radio. A special guest appearance from Ronald McDonald kept the show lively. The auctioneer for the auction was Phil Schooley from Bloomfield Livestock. Catching bids alongside Schooley were Mike Sorensen, Austin Brandt, and Ross Butler of Livestock Plus, Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer, and Jason Lekin of Tama Livestock Auction.

NAIMC 2015 Conference

Posted July 1, 2015
July 2015 

The DMACC Farm played host to the" Ag Risk" portion of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAIMC) 2015 Conference. The session consisted of 175 insurance agents from across the united states specializing in agricultural insurance.

Corn Planting

Posted April 1, 2015

​DMACC Farm intern Tyler Soyer finishes planting corn ahead of the rain.

DMACC farm equipment in the field 

Hoop building

Posted February 22, 2015

​The hoop building is used to store hay and other feedstuffs out at the farm.

Hoop Building 

Iowa State Fair 4-H beef show

Posted August 6, 2014

Alexander Faidley poses with Ralph 

The DMACC Agribusiness Program and DMACC Agribusiness Farm would like to congratulate Alexander Faidley on a job well done with his 4-H Beef projects.

"Charlie" (white steer pictured) tipped the scales at 1,415 pounds at the Iowa State Fair 4-H beef show, had an average daily gain of 3.96, and received a blue ribbon placing 5th in a competitive heavyweight market steer class. Last month, Charlie was the reserve champion heavy weight steer at the Polk County Fair.

Ralph (red steer pictured) weighed in at 1,360 pounds, had an average daily gain of 3.19, and placed 3rd overall in the All Other Breeds division at the Iowa State Fair

Both of these steers came out of the DMACC Agribusiness cow herd. Great Job Alexander!

Alexander Faidley poses with Charlie 

Red Angus Steer

Posted August 2, 2014

​Purebred 2014 Red Angus Steer -  Exhibitor: A. Faidley.  Steer Sire: Epic.  Steer Dam: DMACC 636.

Red Angus Steer with Alexander Faidley 

Hoop Barn

Posted August 1, 2014

Students replace the hoop barn cover.

Students lay out hoom barn roof 

Students fold up hoop barn roof 

Students put roof on hoop barn 

Spring on the Farm

Posted March 1, 2014

DMACC Farm intern Tyler Soyer puts the finishing touches on the new clean sweep row units.

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Tractor Maintenance workshop

Posted November 6, 2013

Session hosted by the DMACC Agribusiness Farm in Adel as part of the National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture currently being held in Des Moines.

Hnads on session with John Deer farm equipment 

Indonesian Guests

Posted March 1, 2013

​The Indonesian guests mingled with DMACC Animal Science Professor Dwayne Faidley, DMACC Farm Coordinator Travis Lautner, DMACC Students Bryce Snakneberg, Cori Fitzgerald, Megan Eddy, Steve Gray.

Indonesian guests pose in front of DMACC building
 

Feed Wagon

Posted February 1, 2013

​DMACC Farm interns Megan Eddy and Cori Fitzgerald work to replace wiper bars and auger teeth on the feed mixer wagon.

student fixing farm equipment 

One Century

Posted February 22, 2005

​Our farm has been recognized as a Century farm.

Century Farm Certificate